Famed attorney Joe DiGenova believes that special counsel Robert Mueller’s decision Friday evening to issue a statement refuting a dubious mainstream media report regarding President Donald Trump wasn’t motivated by a desire to clear up the truth but rather out of fear that he might be fired by the “new sheriff” in town.
“What you saw happen today with Bob Mueller issuing his statement is very simple: It’s called the Barr effect — the Bill Barr effect” he said later Friday evening during an appearance on Fox News’ “Hannity,”, referring to Attorney General nominee William “Bill” Barr.
He explained that the moment Barr — who in the past has been critical of the special counsel’s investigation — is confirmed, he’s going to ask Mueller about BuzzFeed’s false report, and if Mueller responds with the wrong answer, he’s going to wind up being fired.
“As soon as Bill Barr is sworn in, he will have a meeting with Mr. Mueller … and the first question Bill Barr is going to ask is, ‘Was that story true that BuzzFeed published?'” DiGenova said.
“And Mr. Mueller would say, ‘No, it wasn’t, Mr. Attorney.’ and Bill Barr would say, ‘Why didn’t you refute it?’ And Mueller would have said, ‘Well, Mr. Attorney General, we don’t do that.’ And Mr. Barr would have said, ‘Well, Mr. Mueller, you’re fired.'”
Fox News host Sean Hannity seemed taken aback by DiGenova’s thesis, especially in light of reports that Barr family happens to be good friends with Mueller’s family.
“I have known Bill Barr for 30 years … Bill Barr is a man of great legal and ethical stature. I can assure you that the scenario I just painted for you is exactly what would have happened and it is exactly why Mueller issued his statement tonight,” the DiGenova stressed.
“He knows that Bill Barr would be furious if he knew that Mueller knew a false story was out there and it was left unrefuted. You are now seeing what it means when a real attorney general shows up in town. This is the new sheriff.”
Former White House deputy assistant Sebastian Gorka concurred, saying, “I can only back up Joe DiGenova. Bill Barr is a quiet professional, and I just spoke to somebody who worked with him at the DOJ. He is exactly the right man for the job.”
What specifically happened is that BuzzFeed ran a story Thursday based on anonymous federal officials who claimed Mueller has evidence that Trump ordered his then-attorney Michael Cohen to lie to Congress in 2017.
Based on this report, the Democrat Party and its media allies began establishing plans for the president’s impeachment. Those plans fell by the wayside when Mueller’s office issued a statement Friday evening disputing the entire report.
UPDATE: A spokesperson for the special counsel is disputing BuzzFeed News’ report. https://t.co/BEoMKiDypn pic.twitter.com/GWWfGtyhaE
— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) January 19, 2019
“Inside the Justice Department, the statement was viewed as a huge step, and one that would have been taken only if the special counsel’s office viewed the story as almost entirely incorrect,” The Washington Post reported. “The special counsel’s office seemed to be disputing every aspect of the story that addressed comments or evidence given to its investigators.”
Dovetailing back to the discussion on “Hannity,” Gorka continued it by taking shots at the “gutter press,” which has spent the last two to three years pushing a near-endless stream of veritable “fake news” stories about the president.
“It’s incredibly important that we look at what the media did with it — that BuzzFeed ran this garbage story because we know it’s the gutter press,” he said.
“The story is how the media lapped it up and used it for a day to call for the impeachment of the president. That’s the story. Like Pavlovian dogs they were given the bell and they reacted with a impeachment.”
And then once again the president was “utterly vindicated” at the last moment — this time by Mueller himself, amazingly enough.
“This is fake news,” Gorka concluded. “This is the state of the media. They are not independent. We don’t have a free media, Sean. We have private sector propaganda and today the president was vindicated.”
To be clear, only the president was vindicated. As insinuated by DiGenova and said more bluntly by conservative commentator Mark Levin, the special counsel’s actions Friday evening proved nothing regarding his character (or the lack thereof).
“They [Mueller’s team] sat there all day long while this false reporting was going on, while the president was being smeared, while the reporters, so-called, and their friendly Democrats on Capitol Hill were saying this is an impeachable offense,” he noted to Hannity.
They didn’t release this rare statement just because they’re good people. They released it to cover their a**es because they don’t want a leak investigation.”
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